Willow Bridge G1-10 Chardonnay 2012 (Geographe, WA)
12.7%, Screwcap. $30
Another day, another high quality Chardonnay. I’ll be the first to put my hand up and admit that Chardonnay (along with Riesling) is the most drunk white wine in the Graham household, hence why it gets plenty of attention.
Anyway, this is hand-picked, whole bunch pressed and wild yeast fermented, maturing for 10 months in oak 1/4 new.
The appeal here is the complexity – there is a big dollop of mealy sulphide funk over that crisp and taut palate, making for a rather satisfying, full-but-lean style that brings you back for a second glass. It’s perhaps a fraction worked in one breath, but the big long finish of Creme caramel richness seems to make it worthwhile and the acidity is sparkling and taut. Much push-pull in other words, which isn’t going to be for everyone.
Regardless, a big like for me.
Tasted: May 2014
Score: 18/20, 93/100
Would I buy it? I could finish most of a bottle of this. A smashable wine for mine.